adjective, pim·pli·er, pim·pli·est.

having many pimples.

Also pim·pled [pim-puh ld] /ˈpɪm pəld/.

Origin of pimply

First recorded in 1740–50; pimple + -y1
Related formsun·pim·pled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pimply

Historical Examples of pimply

  • Why do men marry viragoes, pimply girls with incipient moustaches?

    Tea-Table Talk

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • There was the swollen nose and there were the pimply blotches of the man who drank.

    Witness to the Deed

    George Manville Fenn

  • They were a man, his wife, two handsome daughters and a pimply son.

    Wounds in the rain

    Stephen Crane

  • But on the reverse, a pimply shrunken figure emerged from the bath.


    G. G. Putnam and Others

  • Jonathan was lazy, Jonathan was pimply, Jonathan was fat—but Jonathan was orthodox.

    Man and Wife

    Wilkie Collins

Word Origin and History for pimply

1748, from pimple (n.) + -y (2). Related: Pimpliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper